From Punks to Mobsters: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List
"The more you drive, the less intelligent you are" --Repo Man
Our weekly list of special-event movies to see:
Thursday, January 3
A Vincente Minnelli double feature courtesy of the Aero: The Band Wagon and Meet Me in St. Louis at 7:30 p.m. Two musicals starring the likes of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland, respectively, they comprise the Aero's first screening in the American Cinematheque's "Motion Picturesque: Cinema at Its Most Beautiful" series.
Friday, January 4
This weekend in repertory catchup, the Egyptian is playing The Godfather Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Part II at the same time next day. There's little to say about Francis Ford Coppola's dual masterpieces that hasn't already been said, but anyone with even a passing interest in cinema (or even in catching the countless allusions made to the series in other media throughout the years) would do well not to pass this up.
Across town at Cinefamily, Alex Cox's Repo Man -- one of the best, most whacked-out movies of the '80s -- plays at midnight. About a punk-turned-repo man played by Emilio Estevez, Cox's cult oddity touches on everything from a CIA conspiracy involving aliens to cosmic unconsciousness on its batshit tour through some of our beloved city's less reputable neighborhoods. The results are more delightfully bizarre than any description can fully convey, with the phrase "plate o' shrimp" somehow serving as the best summation.
Saturday, January 5
The Egyptian also has you covered if you're in the mood for some more recent mob movies: Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas and the Coen Brothers' Miller's Crossing. The two are classics not only of the genre but also the decade in which they were made.
Sunday, January 6
2 x Screwball at UCLA: Theodora Goes Wild and True Confession. This pair of (you guessed it) screwball comedies from the '30s -- the former of which has been called "the precursor and paradigm of almost every important romantic comedy to follow it" -- starts at 7 p.m. in the Billy Wilder Theater.
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